Berlin, Germany 24-26 November 2020

#AeroDays2020 Forum

Aviation for the Future – Change is NOW!

25-26 November 2020
VENUE: Meistersaal, Potsdamer Platz


The innovation platform #AeroDays2020 FORUM aims to provide feasible technological solutions for the strategies discussed at the #BAS2020. By concentrating on research, technology and innovation as enablers of climate neutrality, environmental protection and industrial leadership, the talks and panel discussions at the FORUM will address the industry’s most urgent – and fascinating – issues. The #AeroDays2020 FORUM will present senior executives from different units of the European Commission discussing the future of aviation and the implementation of EU policy priorities, e.g. the European Green Deal, with leading representatives from the aviation industry and research. The dynamic talks and panel discussions at the #AeroDays2020 FORUM will be open to all visitors and serve as a platform for the dissemination and implementation of world-leading EU projects and technical programmes based on the Horizon 2020 framework.


#AeroDays2020 is the major aviation research event of the European Commission in 2020. Compared to previous AeroDays, this year’s conference appears in a completely new format – close to the translation of research and technology into real industry products and right in the center of the professional public. Originally, it was planned to hold #AeroDays2020 in the run-up to the German EU Council Presidency as part of the aviation trade fair Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace (ILA) Berlin in May 2020. The measures made necessary by COVID-19 led to the #AeroDays2020 being moved to the city center of Berlin in the fall of 2020.

Please note:
Participation in the #AeroDays2020 FORUM is open to all visitors and invites them to an online dialogue.



11:00 - 12:30

Presenter: Conny Czymoch, Cathy Smith

Session Chair: Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General European Commission – DG Research and Innovation

Arjan Hegeman, GE Aviation, Director Advanced Technology

Stephane Cueille, SAFRAN, Chief Technology Officer
Lars Wagner, MTU Aero Engines, Chief Operating Officer
Paul Stein, Rolls Royce, Chief Technology Officer
Grazia Vittadini, AIRBUS, Chief Technology Officer
Greg Hyslop, Boeing, Chief Engineer [Invited]
Sergey Chernyshev, IFAR, Chairman

With moderation of the European Commission, CTOs of leading aerospace OEMs discuss industry roadmaps and expectations with regard to policy frameworks.

12:45 - 14:15
Energy Transition in Aviation

Presenter: Conny Czymoch Cathy Smith

Session Chair: Rolf Henke, Executive Board Member Aeronautics, DLR

Rolf Henke, DLR, Executive Board Member Aeronautics

Rob Watson, Rolls Royce, Director Electrical
Siegfried Knecht, aireg e.V., Chairman of the Board
Ivo Boscarol, PIPISTREL, Founder and CEO
Stefan Weber, MTU Aero Engines, SVP Technology & Engineering Advanced Programs
Nico Buchholz, Senior Aerospace Executive

What options does aviation have to become climate-neutral and still meet the growing global demand for air transport services? Which paths are aircraft manufacturers and operators taking? What role does politics and research play in this?

14:45 - 16:15
The Digital Transformation of Aeronautics

Presenter: Conny Czymoch, Cathy Smith

Session Chair: Giancarlo Buono, Director Safety and Flight Operations Europe, IATA

Torsten Welte, SAP, Global VP and Head of Aerospace & Defense and Travel & Transportation

Bruno Stoufflet, Dassault Aviation, Chief Technology Officer
Prof. Andreas Strohmayer, University of Stuttgart, EASN Chairman
Bart de Vries, KLM & Martinair Flight Academies, Managing Director
Johannes Weidisch, Lufthansa Technik AG, Senior Director Process Improvement/Lean Management
Stefan Roemelt, AIRBUS, SVP Engineering, Head of CoC Cabin & Cargo

Aviation continues to be a growing global industry, in the long run even after COVID-19. The digitalization of products and services opens up opportunities to increase efficiency despite very high safety levels in this industry and to enhance the competitiveness of companies with innovative solutions. Aircraft availability is a key parameter for airlines, unexpected technical issues lead to operational problems with many financial effects for the airline. New technologies and approaches could help to increase predictability of the maintenance operation.

16:30 - 18:00
Paving the way towards climate-neutrality by 2050

Presenter: Conny Czymoch,  Cathy Smith

Session Chair: Axel Krein, Exec. Director Clean Sky2 JU

Henrik Runnemalm, GKN Aerospace Engine Systems, Director R&T

Pawel Stężycki, ILOT Polish Aviation Institute, Executive Director
Jean-Brice Dumont, AIRBUS, Head of Engineering; Chair of ACARE [Invited]
María Ángeles Martín Prats, Skylife Engineering, CEO

Panellists will present Clean Sky 2 results that will help to pave the way towards climate-neutrality by 2050. They will share examples of ultra-advanced aircraft configurations, the next generation of multifunctional fuselage design and manufacturing technologies, eco-friendly engine technologies, new systems concepts and the next generation of competitive, efficient low-emissions small aircraft.

09:00 - 10:30
Digital solutions for automated air traffic management

Presenter: Conny Czymoch, Cathy Smith

Session Chair: Florian Guillermet, Exe. Director SESAR JU

Jan-Christian Schraven, Swiss International Air Lines, Senior Director Business Development

Olivier Delain, Group ADP – DOAA (Paris Airport), R&D Unit Manager
Helmut Többen, DLR, Director at AT-One, Head of DLR Management Services
Csaba Gergely, Hungarocontrol, Senior ATM Advisor
Leon van de Pas, Unifly, Chief Executive Officer

The move to digitalised air traffic management (ATM) infrastructure is seen as critical for making aviation more scalable, economically sustainable, environmentally efficient, predictable and resilient. Against this backdrop, the SESAR Joint Undertaking has funded a number of research and demonstration projects, which have applied new digital technologies to reshape the future of aviation. This session will showcase a selection of these innovative projects, providing a flavour of concrete benefits that ATM digitalisation is starting to bring to the entire aviation ecosystem. The panel will also jointly explore what still needs to be done, and in particular, how technology can bring about fundamental changes to the way we manage air traffic in European Airspace.

10:45 - 12:15
Urban Air Mobility

Presenter: Conny Czymoch, Cathy Smith

Session Chair: Patrick Ky, Executive Director, EASA

Wolfgang Schoder, Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH, CEO

Anita Sengupta, Airspace Experience Technologies, Co-Founder
Jaiwon Shin, Hyundai, Head of UAM Division [Invited]
Tassilo Wanner, VP Global Public & Regulatory Affairs, Lilium
Florian Reuter, Volocopter, CEO/Managing Director
Hugues Langer, Sonaca Group, CTO

It's an age-old human dream to be able to fly like a bird. In the slightly more than 100 years of commercial aviation history, the technical innovations of electric flying have brought the desire for democratization of individual aviation mobility within reach for the first time. In our panel we will learn from pioneers and pacemakers of Urban Air Mobility how this new branch of aviation is currently doing and what still needs to be done to achieve a commercial breakthrough.

12:30 - 14:00
Visions of Future Aviation

Presenter: Conny Czymoch, Cathy Smith

Session Chair: Sebastiano Fumero, Adviser Future Air Transport, European Commission – DG Research and Innovation

Frank Neumann, IMI, Director

Montserrat Barriga Andrés, ERA – European Regions Airline Association, Director General
Joris Melkert , Univ Delft, Senior Lecturer
Michel Peters, EREA, Chairman
Frank Neumann, IMI, Director
Sébastien Bougon, Flying Whales, CEO
Kristian Vind, Sceye, Project Manager & Business Developer

Within the last session of #AeroDays2020, we will take a visionary look at the aviation of the future, out of the box so to speak. Will new technologies in combination with other business models disrupt air traffic? What influence does the offered cruising speed have on the ecological footprint, supply and demand? These and many other questions will be discussed on the basis of exemplary developments .


Conny Czymoch

Independent international moderator and journalist


Montserrat Barriga

ERA Director General

Ivo Boscarol

Founder, CEO and co-owner of the Pipistrel Group companies

Nico Buchholz

Senior Aerospace Executive

Sébastien Bougon

Founder, Chairman & CEO, Flying Whales

Giancarlo Buono

Director Safety and Flight Operations for Europe, IATA

Stéphane Cueille

Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer SAFRAN

Olivier Delain

Group ADP – DOAA (Paris Airport), R&D Unit Manager

Bart de Vries

Managing Director KLM Flight Academy

Csaba Gergely

Senior ATM Advisior

Florian Guillermet

Executive Director, SESAR Joint Undertaking

Arjan Hegeman

GE Aviation General Manager of the Advanced Technology Organization

Rolf Henke

Executive Board Member for Aeronautics, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)

Michael Holzbauer

Director European Affairs ATM Frequentis AG

Siegfried Knecht

VP Director R&T Affairs Airbus Public Affairs Germany

Axel Krein

Executive Director, Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking

Patrick Ky

Executive Director, European Union Aviation Safety Agency

Maria Angeles Martin Prats

Associate Professor Electronics Engineering Department, University of Seville

Joris Melkert

Senior Lecturer and Educational Fellow at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of the Delft University of Technology

Frank Neumann

Director, Institute for Infrastructure, Environment and Innovation (IMEU)

Michel Peters

CEO NLR & Chairman EREA

Stefan Roemelt

AIRBUS, SVP Engineering, Head of CoC Cabin & Cargo

Wolfgang Schoder

Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH, CEO

Jan-Christian Schraven

Senior Director Business Development, SWISS International Air Lines Ltd.

Paul Stein

Chief Technology Officer, Rolls Royce

Paweł Stężycki

Director of the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation

Bruno Stoufflet

Chief Technology Officer Dassault Aviation

Prof. Andreas Strohmayer

University of Stuttgart, EASN Chairman

Dr. Helmut Többen

Head of Management Services, DLR

Leon van de Pas


Lars Wagner

Member of the Executive Board, Chief Operating Officer, MTU Aero Engines

Tassilo Wanner

Vice President of Global Public & Regulatory Affairs at Lilium

Rob Watson

Director of Rolls-Royce Electrical

Johannes Weidisch

Senior Director Process Improvement/ Lean Management, Lufthansa Technik AG

Kristian Vind

Project Manager & Business Developer, Sceye

Torsten Welte

Global Vice President Head of Aerospace & Defense and Travel & Transportation SAP Industry Business Solutions


Rolf Henke

Executive Board Member for Aeronautics, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)

Catalin Nae

President & CEO, National Institute for Aerospace Research "Elie Carafoli" – INCAS Bucharest

Jean-Eric Paquet

Director-General, DG Research & Innovation

Reiner Winkler

Member of the Executive Board, Chief Operating Officer, MTU Aero Engines


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